I've never been arrested......not even a traffic ticket. I don't know anyone who has been arrested for such a charge either. I watch our laws pretty close and make every effort to remain well within those laws. I also won't 'hang-out' with idiots who would (knowingly) violate any gun laws based on it being a misdemeanor or otherwise. That's probley not a good attitude to be around.
This is just my thinking and I have no other knowledge of your friends or your general situation/enviorment. Also my area is a little more 'gun-friendly' than some other areas of our Peach State.
I'm not even sure of where to start looking-up any case studies on such a topic...good question though.